ELMHURST, Ill. -- A total of five Summit League baseball players were selected in the Major League Baseball (MLB) Amateur Draft held June 9-11.
The five selections included Fort Wayne's Evan Miller (22nd round, No. 654 overall), North Dakota State's Juan Gamez (31st round, No. 933 overall), Oral Roberts' Holden Cammack (16th round, No. 494 overall) and Omaha's Robert Calvano (38th round, No. 1156 overall) and Cole Gruber (27th round, No. 802 overall).
Miller, a 6-2, 185-pound right-handed pitcher, was 4-5 with a 6.35 earned run average and 71 strikeouts (8.83) in 15 appearances, including 14 starts, 72.1 innings and one save as a sophomore with the Mastodons this season. Miller led the pitching staff in strikeouts and batters struck out looking (24), while second on the team in starts and innings pitched. During his two-year, 31-appearance career at IPFW, he was 10-10 with a 5.38 ERA, 165 strikeouts (9.75), 152.1 innings and two saves -- making 29 starts with one complete game. Miller owns school records for season starts (15, 2015) and strikeouts (94, 2015), while ranking third in career strikeouts and strikeouts per nine innings, and eighth in career starts and wins.
Gamez, a 6-foot, 220-pound senior from Tucson, Ariz., was the 933rd overall pick in the first-year player draft. He compiled 28 hits, 23 runs scored, six doubles, two triples, 18 RBIs, five sacrifice flies and eight stolen bases as a senior. In his career as a Bison, Gamez hit .232 in 95 games, including 82 starts, with 66 hits, nine doubles, two triples, eight home runs, 20 walks, seven sacrifice flies and eight stolen bases.
Cammack, a 6-foot, 195-pound redshirt-junior, was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 16th round. The right-hander appeared in 20 games for the Golden Eagles and had an 0-1 record with three saves. The Colleyville, Texas, native had 40 strikeouts in just 31 innings pitched with a 2.32 ERA.
Calvano joined the UNO program in 2014 and was part of Omaha's second Summit League championship team that season. He made 18 mound appearances over his Maverick career, including eight in relief in his senior campaign. Over 6.2 innings of work this year, Calvano went 0-0 with a 6.75 ERA, issuing five strikeouts to three walks.
Gruber, the Summit League's leading hitter, started all 56 games this season and batted .376 with 13 doubles, two triples, one home run, 55 runs scored, 30 RBI, 32 walks and 43 stolen bases. He ranks third nationally for stolen bases and fourth for stolen bases per game (0.77), and he paced the Summit League for hits (83), runs and swiped bags. The Papillion-LaVista product had a team-high 26 multi-hit performances and five multi-RBI games en route to earning his third consecutive All-Summit award. Over his four-year career, Gruber hit .353 and started in 192 of his 198 games played. He holds the all-time Summit League record for career sacrifice bunts (35) and is second for career stolen bases (105), while also ranking as Omaha's all-time career leader in both categories. An accounting major with a 3.97 grade-point average, Gruber is a two-time Academic All-American and was named the 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year for Division I baseball earlier this month.
|2016 Summit League MLB Draft Selections|
||San Diego Padres
||North Dakota State
||St. Louis Cardinals
ABOUT THE SUMMIT LEAGUE
In its fourth decade of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of over 120,000 at nine institutions, including four located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), Fort Wayne (Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne), IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis), North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), Oral Roberts University, the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced eight NCAA Champions along with over 75 Academic All-Americans, 65 All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level. In 2014-15, The Summit League ranked first for NCAA Graduation Success Rate in women's basketball and second in baseball. For more information about the league and to "See The Summit", visit www.thesummitleague.org website, follow The Summit League on Twitter @thesummitleague and watch the weekly "Inside The Summit League" show at www.thesummitleague.org/itsl.